Vice President Kashim Shettima has departed Abuja to represent President Bola Tinubu at two major international Summits in Rome, Italy, and St Petersburg, Russia.

Shettima who left Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 3:00 pm Sunday will join other global leaders for the first Stocktaking Moment Summit themed “Transforming Food Systems for People, Planet and Prosperity,” holding from Monday, July 24 to Wednesday, July 26.

“During the Summit, the Vice President will chair a high-level session themed ‘Innovative Financing for Food System Transformation: the Case of Nigeria’ and the side event on ‘Scaling up Multi Stakeholders Collaboration and Investment in the Implementation of Food Systems Transformation Pathways in Nigeria,’ a statement signed by State House Director of Information, Office of the VP, Olusola Abiola, revealed.

The statement is titled ‘VP Shettima to represent President Tinubu at UN food systems summit in Rome, Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg,’

The event is being organised in collaboration with the Rome-based UN Agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme as well as the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub and wider UN system.

Shettima will then proceed from Rome to St. Petersburg in Russia to represent the President at the Russia-Africa Summit scheduled from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29.

While in Russia, the Vice President will join other political and business leaders at the 2nd Russia–Africa Summit and Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum focused on strategizing to enhance relations between Russia and the African continent, among other benefits.

Also, he will participate in bilateral meetings with representatives of relevant Russian senior government officials and business leaders to discuss relations between Russia and Nigeria.

Shettima who is accompanied by senior government officials from Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, is expected back in the country at the end of the week.

It is his first foreign trip since assuming office as Vice President.